If you’re a kid, it’s tough enough to face the end of summer vacation without the very real worry of not having enough money in the family budget to purchase school supplies, or a backpack, or even for a warm winter coat that fits. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Pittsburgh Section is joining five other NCJW sections to launch their new “Back 2 School Store” (B2SS). The project is a means to help underprivileged children begin the school year on an equal footing with their peers. Approximately 200 elementary school students from pre-qualified families will be given the opportunity to shop for brand new clothing, shoes, outerwear, and school supplies at no cost!
While the Kingsley Association has been around in one form or another since 1893, their STREAM Program (Science Technology Reading Engineering Agriculture and Math) is definitely future-minded as it’s designed to promote interest among teens in 21st Century Career pathways. The program is for youths ages 15 to 19. It seeks to promote social action and academic growth through hands on projects and workshops. The summer program (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) runs five days a week and the fall program (4:00 PM to 6:00 PM) runs two days a week–Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Homemade jam on warm bread—a slice of heaven! If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make jam, now’s your chance. Penn State Extension’s Urban Homesteading Series is holding a class to teach you techniques to stretch your leftover fruit harvest into a delicious spread to bring you a bit of summer into the cold months ahead. And, since midsummer is peak time for berries here in Pennsylvania, what better time to hold a jam-making class?
PITTSBURGH, PA (July 8, 2015) – The National League of Cities (NLC) has selected Pittsburgh to be part of a new national initiative, City Leadership for Building an Early Learning Nation, to improve outcomes during the first five years of life for children in communities across the nation. As part of this initiative, NLC has selected a total of seven cities to participate in an early learning network.
Saturday, June 27th, The Kingsley Association will be hosting a Family Fun Health Fair. There will be health and wellness information, food, music, and fun kids activities–all free and open to the public–and all in one room! Sponsors for this event include the Urban Green Growth Collaborative, East Liberty Family Support, Giant Eagle, Larimer Work & Wellness, Dollar Bank, and Keith S. Somers, MD (Children’s Community Pediatrics/GIL).
On Tuesday, June 16th, our city lost a dedicated 26-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Police Bureau: John Stofesky. Highly respected by the Bureau, John served his city with honor, courage, and kindness. His immense impact on his family, friends, colleagues, and our city will not be forgotten, and he is especially missed by the South Side Community.
The Campaign for Fair Education Funding believes that educating all our children is a collective imperative for the social and economic future of our Commonwealth and all its communities. They also know that in order to achieve a good education for all, we must ensure that Pennsylvania adopts and maintains an adequate and equitable system of funding public education. If you share in their belief that every public school must have the resources necessary to enable every child to flourish, then please join the #FairFundingPA Twitter Party, tomorrow, June 15th.
Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) originated on the Harvard campus in 2000 with six women mentoring 30 girls. It incorporated as a nonprofit in Boston in 2004 and added a Pittsburgh branch in 2006. Now, it’s expanded to providing programming to over 1,400 girls in Boston, Pittsburgh and several pilot programs at over 100 school and community center partner sites! Like its name says, SWSG mission is to support strong mentoring relationships between women and pre-adolescent girls. It concentrates its efforts on serving underserved local communities–raising ambition and combating the dangers of low self-esteem among these girls.
Are you (or do you know) a talented and civic-minded young Pittsburgher who is committed to creating positive social change in your school and community? Pittsburgh Cares’ Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a leadership development program for high school student (9th-12th grade) who have a passion for service. In addition to working on projects like painting murals in schools, working with the homeless, and organizing an event to fight juvenile diabetes, YAC members serve as youth ambassadors to give a voice for the youth in their communities.
Neighborhood Allies has a vision of a Pittsburgh full of thriving, healthy communities that are livable for all. To that end, they support the people, organizations and partnerships committed to improving the social and physical infrastructures of Pittsburgh’s distressed and transitional communities. Yesterday, they announced the recipients of their spring 2015 grants. Neighborhood Allies awarded a total of $540,000 to eight creative and collaborative projects and ideas that will help transform struggling neighborhoods.